GREENSBORO, N.C. — North Carolina Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, the Democratic candidate for governor this year, toured the gay-owned Replacements, Ltd. in Greensboro on Thursday. Dalton was accompanied by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Replacements owner Bob Page and his partner Dale Frederiksen.
Page’s and Frederiksen’s successful company — they employ about 450 people — has been consistently ranked among the most LGBT-friendly places to work. The business and couple are also regular sponsors of national, regional and local LGBT organizations and causes. During the anti-LGBT constitutional amendment campaign, Page and Frederiksen donated approximately $250,000 to help defeat the discriminatory measure, which was approved 61-39 percent on May 8, 2012.
O’Malley’s presence during the Replacements, Ltd. tour is fitting. As governor in Maryland, O’Malley has been outspoken in his support of marriage equality and signed a bill that will extend marriage rights to same-sex couples this January if approved by a majority of voters in a special referendum on the general election ballot this November.
Dalton’s tour of the Replacements facility gave him a chance to speak on his jobs plan, the campaign said on its Facebook page. Dalton and O’Malley also made other stops in Greensboro and Raleigh, including a tour of a public high school and two fundraisers.
The Democratic and Republican gubernatorial campaigns in North Carolina have relied heavily on campaign support from other governors and elected officials. Republican candidate Pat McCrory recently appeared in state with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell also campaigned with Dalton last month.